Brazen thief caught on CCTV stealing dog of cancer sufferer outside newsagents

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A man brazenly took a woman’s dog from outside a newsagents in ‘one of the worst’ dog thefts experts have seen (Picture: MEN)
An cancer sufferer’s beloved pet Shih Tzu was stolen from outside a newsagents in broad daylight in ‘one of the worst examples’ of dog theft experts have seen. The male dog, named Jack, was snatched while his owner had popped into the shop in Manchester . CCTV footage from outside Bobby’s Convenience Store on Rochdale Road in Collyhurst shows a silver Ford Mondeo parking on a nearby side street, before a man in a black coat jumps out and runs towards the dog.

Less than a minute later, the same man is seen returning to the car with the white and tan Shih Tzu under his arm.

Jack’s owner, 60, who didn’t want to give her name, says she has been left devastated following the theft.

She suffers from lung cancer, and has only had the dog for company after her last surviving relative died three years ago.

She’s asked for Jack to be returned to the police or a vet and he will be welcomed back with ‘no questions asked’.

‘Three years ago, my mum passed away, she was all I had – no brothers, no sisters’, the woman said.

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‘It was always just me and mum and then Jack came along; he got me out of bed every morning, even on my worst days.

‘I now have lung cancer and I can’t go on without him; I’ll die for him. He is my world. I can’t eat, I can’t drink, I can’t sleep.

‘I love him like a child I never had; I literally can’t fight without him. Please, please let Jack come home.’

The man is seen with the dog under his arm
The woman had only popped into the shops for a minute (Picture: MEN)
Due to his owner’s condition, the search for Jack is being coordinated by volunteer network DogLost, who say that the brazen theft, on March 11, is ‘one of the worst’ they’ve seen.
Justine Quirk, volunteer media representative for the organisation, said: ‘Any theft of any dog is cruel and the emotional toll it takes on an owner can be utterly destroying – but in this case, it’s not only affecting her emotionally but medically too. ‘It’s very clear that Jack means everything to her and that’s why we are appealing to anyone that knows where Jack is, to do the right thing and either contact Greater Manchester Police or DogLost so we can get Jack home safely.

‘If you have Jack or you were sold him not knowing he was stolen, then please take him to any veterinary practice, say you found him and leave him there safely.

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Moment dog thief brazenly steals elderly woman's dog from outside newsagents
The thieves parked their car nearby (Picture: MEN)
‘They will ensure he is returned. We have very clear CCTV footage of the car and the people involved in Jack’s theft so please do just get in touch.’ Justine added that the charity has seen a 170% increase in the numberof dog thefts since the beginning of the lockdown. Anyone who has recently bought a white-and-tan Shih Tzu in the Greater Manchester area or is expecting to in the next few days are now being asked to be vigilant and consider where their pet has come from.

‘You should be questioning “who is this person, why are they selling the dog on” and ask what he’s like,’ Justine said.

The man seen with the dog under his arm
People have been warned to be on the look out for the dog (Picture: MEN)

‘Ask to see photos – perhaps if he’s been to the beach or a park, and get a real grasp for how long these people have had this dog.

‘Jack, like all dogs, was microchipped – anyone selling a dog should be able to provide you with the microchip number of the dog and you should be able to get it scanned.

‘Always buy from a licensed breeder, and if you’re getting an older dog then you should really be doing your due diligence and asking where that dog has actually originated from.’

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A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said that the force is investigating the incident.

‘Officers received a report that a dog had been stolen from outside a business premises on Rochdale Road, Collyhurst on Thursday 11 March 2021,’ they said.

‘Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.’

Anyone with any information about the theft can contact Jack’s owner’s DogLost representative on 07981090965 or call Greater Manchester Police on 101.

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